Newcastle stopped an 11-game winless rot as two-goal Callum Wilson secured the three points against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
The first half went at a good pace, but neither side looked particularly threatening in front of goal, with Jordan Pickford’s acrobatic save on Wilson’s header the only real notable save made by one or the other goalkeeper.
Despite their miserable recent form, Newcastle looked the brighter of the two teams as the game progressed and they took the lead with just 15 minutes left, after Wilson sent home a superb header from the corner by Jonjo Shelvey.
As Everton looked for a late equalizer, Wilson had a glorious opportunity for the win as he was played on goal – one he never seemed to pass up.
These are the highlights of the match sorted, now in these evaluations from the players of Everton and Newcastle.
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 7/10 – Superb economy reaction in the first half prevented Newcastle’s Wilson from handing over the lead. Showed a good grasp of his region and bounced back from his miserable Leicester display. There wasn’t much he could do against Wilson’s two goals.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – does a good job of quelling any threat offered by Ryan Fraser, but struggles to offer much more in the future.
Yerry Mina (CB) – 5/10 – Couldn’t contain Wilson and was constantly dragged into the wide areas by the quick leader – somewhere it was clear he didn’t want to be.
Michael Keane (CB) – 6/10 – Looks solid all afternoon and has shown a good distribution to launch his team’s attacks.
Lucas Digne (LB) – 5/10 – Seemed to lack sharpness in the game and as such couldn’t impact the game in the opposition’s final third as he usually would.
Abdoulaye Doucouré (CM) – 6/10 – Combative and energetic throughout and did a good job distributing to creative Everton players, it’s just a shame they did little with the ball once in possession.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CM) – 4/10 – Another performance nothing from the £ 45m man. Looks like the shadow of the player he was in Swansea, everything wandering in the middle of the field does very little apart from Fouls deliver.
James Rodriguez (CM) – 5/10 – Given something of a free role in the midfielder to try to find space and cause Newcastle problems. Clearly identified as Everton’s man in danger by visitors and was subjected to brutal treatment – he then struggled to gain a foothold in the game.
Alex Iwobi (RW) – 3/10 – If they hadn’t spent that much money on him, you can bet he would be a far cry from Everton’s starting XI. Difficult to analyze a performance in which you had difficulty realizing that he was playing.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 4/10 – Completely swallowed up by the three backs of Newcastle. With James Rodriguez unable to take the ball and Everton full-backs struggling to progress on the pitch, his supply line was cut off completely. Not his fault, but an anonymous posting.
Richarlison (LW) – 5/10 – The liveliest of Everton forward three but a frustrating afternoon overall. He continued to demand the ball but it just wasn’t his day.
Andre Gomes (CM) – 5/10
Karl Darlow (GK) – 7/10 – Seemed unorthodox at times, but did a really good job of keeping his team in the game. I would have expected a much busier afternoon but his defense was superb.
Fabian Schar (CB) – 8/10 – Thrown her body to absolutely everything. The sense of position was brilliant all afternoon and helped lay the groundwork for a great away performance.
Isaac Hayden (CB) – 7/10 – With grooving in Tasked in the middle of a back three, as well as going into midfield when the chance presented itself. Helped open the game and break through Everton’s press.
Jamaal Lascelles (CB) – 7/10 – Did a really good job of bringing Dominic Calvert-Lewin together and wasn’t afraid to follow the leader into the wide areas. Retired after sustaining an injury early in the second half.
Javier Manquillo (RWB) – 7/10 – Did a really good job of fending off Lucas Digne so the Frenchman couldn’t cause problems at Newcastle’s back line. Has been the subject of much criticism since arriving in Tyneside, but this was one of his best performances.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – 6/10 – It looked like he had forgotten he didn’t wear a Liverpool shirt at times as he threw himself into challenges – was then booked in the first half and forced to settle in. Well recycled possession and constantly sought to free Wilson when possible.
Jeff Hendrick (CM) – 6/10 – A busy afternoon for the Irishman who never stopped running and was constantly looking to interrupt play. Can’t deliver true quality when in a promising position, but put in a solid shift for the team.
Jamal Lewis (LWB) – 7/10 – Along with his back partner on the opposite flank, did a great job of preventing Seamus Coleman from marching to Everton’s left and was a threat to the future.
Miguel Almiron (RW) – 8/10 – Is a brilliant job to fall in midfield and help defensively as well as support the attack when the visitors were in possession.
Callum Wilson (ST) – 8/10 – Came a few inches from giving his team the lead in the first half, only to be refused by the acrobatic Pickford. Held the ball well and worked the channels brilliantly to relieve Everton’s pressure. Produces two great finishes to give his team the victory.
Ryan Fraser (LW) – 5/10 – A bit isolated on Newcastle’s left and found himself chained by the impressive Coleman whenever he got the chance to run in Everton’s defense.
Ciaran Clark (CB) – 6/10
Allan Saint-Maximin (LW) – 7/10